The mission of the St. Louis Park Police Department is to provide citizens with quality service, professional conduct and a safe environment in which to live, work and learn. We are committed to an active partnership with our community as we work together to solve problems and prevent crime.
The department has 56 sworn officers, six community service officers and 18 additional staff members, including administrators, support staff, dispatchers and a community liaison.
We believe that service to the public is our reason for being, and we strive to deliver quality services in a highly professional and cost-effective manner.
We believe that preventing crime and disorder is the best and most economical law enforcement solution.
We recognize our interdependent relationship with the community we serve, and we are continually sensitive to changing community needs.
We believe that ethics and integrity are the foundation of public trust and confidence, and that all meaningful relationships are built on these values.
We believe that our employees are the department's greatest resource. As professionals, we continually strive to improve the quality of our skills.
Our department's mission, values and goals are, at all times, in harmony with the mission, values and goals of the City of St. Louis Park.
In addition to responding to crime and calls for service, the police department concentrates efforts on prevention and resolving quality of life issues that affect the well-being of the community. The department uses a number of operational strategies to deliver police services based on the nature of the incident or problem. For more information, read the policing strategies.
Community policing is essential to the success of the St. Louis Park Police Department. Community policing relies on our ability to form partnerships with the community to solve problems and quality of life issues. We also work collaboratively with the community, local, state and federal agencies to enforce state laws and local ordinances. To maintain our strong partnership with the community the department does not enforce federal immigration laws nor has it ever been our practice to do so. Furthermore, the St. Louis Park Police Department does not intend to ask the immigration status of our community members. We are, however, obligated by federal law to notify federal authorities when a person has been arrested by St. Louis Park police officers for a violation of state or local laws we are tasked to enforce, if the person has a federal detainer, warrant or alert assigned by a federal authority.
Between August and November 2017, the St. Louis Park Police Department presented four sessions to the City Council regarding the department’s service delivery model, policy and procedures, critical incidents and council response to critical incidents. Learn more information about the police department sessions and presentations.